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Reset Sunk?

The US has put 60 Russian officials on a visa black list because of their presumed involvement with the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a whistleblower who appears to have been framed and perhaps murdered by corrupt officials.  The Russian Foreign Ministry has attacked that decision, threatening unspecified retaliation against the US.

The Magnitsky affair painfully demonstrates the toxic influence of organized crime on the state in Russia. But surely the administration knew about Russian state corruption and brutality when it made the call to reset our relations in the first place.  Why the sudden lurch from calculated realism to starry-eyed idealism?

The State Department claims that there is no change in policy.  Russia is unlikely to agree.

Stay tuned.

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